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'Rural Listening Tour' comes to Boro
Barrow talks taxes, Medicare in visit
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Self-described "pot stirrer" Clifford Bane of Statesboro, right, chats face to face with U.S. Congressman John Barrow during a stop on his Rural Listening Tour at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture Friday.
Congressman John Barrow paid a visit to Statesboro Friday as part of his “Rural Listening Tour.” He told about 40 people at the Bulloch County Center for Agriculture that it was his 18th stop this week as he visited counties in the 12th Congressional District in order to discuss issues and listen to citizens’ concerns.Before taking on questions, Barrow invited people in the audience to stay afterwards and talk to him and his staff one-on-one about personal concerns.“I’m primarily here for the rural communities,” he said.The first question fielded was about the proposed Veteran’s Administration Clinic planned for the Statesboro area.Barrow said the “high tech” facility is expected to be built within the next year. Ray Hendrix, local veteran who has been active in bringing such a clinic to the area, said if a facility can be found that fits the needs, building a new facility won’t be necessary and could mean the clinic maybe up and running by summer.“This took way too long in my opinion for it to happen,” Barrow said.
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